Red Shed and Grazing in the Light

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Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting     12 x 12 inches       See Pricing
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Another cold, cloudy morning at the Finger Lakes Festival….but with a little hope of clearing on the horizon. I and another artist found protection in a large horse barn on the hills outside Canandaigua. We each had our own little stall with a square window that made a perfect view finder. (But our fingers were still numb and our feet frozen.) We spent and hour painting together and learning about each other’s lives.

After I finished my piece I drove down the hill, and out of the corner of my eye I saw a cow grazing in a patch of sunlight. It reminded me of Montana and I just had to paint it!!! I layered on yet another raincoat and settled into a dry riverbed to get a low viewpoint on the animal through the trees.

Its amazing the lengths I’ll go to do a plein air painting. If someone would have told me a few years ago that I’d go out painting at the crack of dawn in 45-degree rainy weather, I would have laughed myself silly. And that I’d do it all day long for 5 days straight, would have sent me to a loony bin. You just never know the crazy turns your life will take and the new joys that are waiting for you in the future…

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Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting     12 x 9 inches    
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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Floating Blues – Oil Painting

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Plein Air Waterscape Oil Painting     12 x 12 inches    
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Late afternoon near the Canandaigua dock on a sunny June day in the Finger Lakes. It was still very windy and I found it a huge challenge to capture the sailboats as they spun in circles around their anchors. It was impossible to paint the way I usually do, constantly checking my drawing in relation to what I see before me. So I used the same observation technique that I use when painting endless rolling waves: wait for your subject (in this case the boats) to come back to the exact same position, look closely and gather as much information as you possibly can, then turn to your easel and put it on your canvas while the scene changes. Work on other areas of the painting until your subject comes back into position, gather info and paint. Rinse and repeat.
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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Farmstead – Oil Painting

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Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting     11 x 14 inches    See Pricing  
  
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The first morning of the Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival dawned very cold and very cloudy. The storms rolling in created an unusual visual situation where the sky is actually darker than the landscape below it. It was the perfect opportunity to make an old white farmhouse, dappled with tree shadows, the center of interest. I positioned myself so that the focal point was off-center and toward the top of the composition. This arrangement allowed the rows of new crops to create a dynamic surge in the direction I wanted my viewers eye to go.

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Lake Vineyard – Oil Painting

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Plein Air Landscape Oil Painting     12 x 12 inches   SOLD   
  
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Ahhhhh….in early June I traveled back to one of my favorite places to paint: Canandaigua, New York. I was so happy to be juried into the Finger Lakes Plein Air Festival for the second year. It was unseasonably cold and rainy, but the gorgeous scenery more than made up for it. I painted this piece in the middle of rows of grapevines in one of the many vineyards in the area on one of the few truly sunny days. It sold a couple of weeks after I returned home to a nice couple who lived on this road…

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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

Charlevoix Morning – Oil Painting

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Plein Air Waterscape Oil Painting     9 x 12 inches    
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There’s a beautiful lane called Lake Shore Drive on Lake Michigan west of Charlevoix. I’ve painted along there quite a few times on our many trips up north. The light is especially beautiful in the morning hours and on this trip I took advantage of it. It always amazes me how different the very same view is in the afternoon. You wouldn’t even know its the same place.

I took a lot of reference photos along this road, morning and afternoon, for a potential client who also loves this area. I may use them for a commission, or maybe they’ll become fodder for future studio paintings. But, although photos are helpful, they never really capture the color and light in the way our eyes see. Shadows appear too dark and highlighted areas are often completely blown out to glaring white. So when possible, I like to make studies like this to remind me of the actual hues and lighting that I saw on a particular day.
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This artwork was created on: Linen Panel
Medium: Royal Talens Cobra Water Mixable Oil Paints and Holbein Duo Aqua Water Soluble Oil

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